|Judge condemns four Indian rapists for murder of innocent girl, crowd demands hanging
A court in India has convicted four men in the December gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, known as the rape capital of India.
(pictured, school trophies and dolls belonging to a 23-year-old rape victim displayed in her parent's bedroom in New Delhi September 8, 2013).
Judge Yogesh Khanna announced: "I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offenses, destruction of evidence.. and for committing the murder of the helpless victim.''
Outside the court, where dozens of protesters had gathered, a chant began quickly after the verdict: "Hang Them! Hang Them! Hang Them!''
Police in Delhi registered more than 800 rapes during the first six months of 2013, more than double the number recorded during the same period the previous year.
Sentences for the men, who were convicted today and face the possibility of hanging, are expected to be handed down Wednesday.
The rape set off waves of protest in India, giving voice to years of anger over the treatment of women and a silent epidemic of sexual harassment and rape.
The parents of one of the convicts, Mukesh Singh, left the crowded court in tears and his mother threw herself at the feet of one of the lawyers, sobbing.
The parents and brother of the victim were also inside the courtroom.
V.K. Anand, defense lawyer for Mukesh Singh, said: "My client was simply driving the bus. He confessed fairly that he was driving the bus but he did not know what went on inside.''--AP/AFP